Sunday, 4 January, 2009

Arrested Chinese man may be a ‘spy’

Gaurav Bisht (HT)

January 04, 2009

Chinese national Ley Xiuan, who was arrested for staying illegally at Mcleodganj, has revealed during police interrogation that he was a member of the People’s Liberation Army of China. He also revealed that he had visited Mcleodganj in May and August. The police and intelligence agencies have not ruled out Xiuan of being a ‘spy’.

What has deepened the security agencies’ suspicion is that the Chinese embassy has so far not responded in spite of the police informing the officials about Xiuan’s arrest on December 11.

“Under the Foreigners Act it is mandatory to inform the concerned embassy about the arrest of a foreign national,” a police officer said.

Sources told HT that the police had also contacted international intelligence agencies to analyse the details obtained from Xiuan’s mobile phone. According to the sleuths, the call details show that he had been in contact with a high-ranking Chinese military official in Lhasa.

“We have taken into consideration the revelations made by the Chinese national and are probing the matter,” said Atul Fulzele, SSP Kangra.

Xiuan has reportedly revealed that he had come by road from Lhasa, the capital of the Chinese controlled Tibetan region and later reached Delhi after travelling through Nepal illegally.


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